- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Kyle Cathie (7 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1856269469
- ISBN-13: 978-1856269469
- Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 20.3 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Edible Balcony: Growing Fresh Produce in the Heart of the City Paperback – Illustrated, 7 Apr 2011
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'Old tyres, tins, yogurt pots and colanders are brought into action in Alex Mitchell's imaginative new book for space-starved growers.' Sunday Telegraph
'Finally, someone has devoted an entire book to the subject of how to get things to grow I an entirely container-based veg plot.' The Independent on Sunday
'Urban gardener Alex Mitchell shows us how to make the most of your outdoor space - from a window box to a roof terrace.' YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday
'City dwellers need not meet out on the joys of growing their own fresh fruit and vegetables.' --Countryman
'Finally, someone has devoted an entire book to the subject of how to get things to grow I an entirely container-based veg plot.' --The Independent on Sunday
'Urban gardener Alex Mitchell shows us how to make the most of your outdoor space - from a window box to a roof terrace.' --YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday
About the Author
Alex Mitchell is a journalist, author and gardener. She studied at the Chelsea Physic Garden and writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph. She is the author of The Girls Guide to Growing Your Own.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book has many different sections ranging from the planning process (suggestions for containers, preparing the area etc.) to the planting and maintainance of the plants (including detailled listings of easy plants, exotic plants etc. and how to look after them, like making a self-watering container) and even a list of common pests and diseases which might affect your crops. There really is something for every space, whether it's sunny, windy or shady (including suggestions for different climates - hot, wintery etc.) And if, like me, you're a fiend for recycling and reusing, there's some lovely suggestions for reused containers (like the colander hanging basket or the 'salad cascade' made of guttering). There is a lot of information, but it is written and presented in a clear and concise way, making a rather intimidating job seem easily achieveable. I am a newbie to this, but nothing in the book confused me or went over my head, and you don't need any expensive equipment so there's not a lot of cost involved in following the suggested projects.
There are beautiful pictures throughout of example balconies and small spaces which are really inspiring. I think that this would be a great reference even if you have a larger space as it's so simple and infomative that you could easily apply it to larger area. The only problem I have now is trying to pick which plants and pots I want to use!
I would recommend this book to anyone with even the smallest interest in grow-your-own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great little book. Tells me what I need to know, when, where and has great little ideasPublished 7 months ago by John Walker
Bought this for my daughter-in-law as a present because they've just moved into an appartment with a balcony and she really enjoys gardening. Read morePublished 10 months ago by pam fell
An artistic approach to gardening (not horticulture) written by a journalist with lots of photos.Published 12 months ago by Susan Gollins
Gorgeous book with lots of pictures. Really helped me start up my edible balcony, If you are a newbie like me then it is a great book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by ceeka
This book is not useful at all. It does have nice pictures and a nice lay-out, but that's about it. I still miss essential gardening information!Published 20 months ago by Emy
a wonderful book, which literally does what it says on the cover. will totally transform your garden and your lifePublished on 18 Sept. 2013 by W.P. GILLETTE-FUSSELL
Lots of great photos and a lot of good ides .Informative on inspirational. It covers a wide area of ideas and places and ways to garden crops in small places. Read morePublished on 21 April 2013 by Kenn
This was a great read. Accessible, fun and inspiring. I'm just waiting for slightly better weather to put my plans into practice.Published on 5 Feb. 2013 by L Seward